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Craftacular, Craftacular

This Sunday, Team Wonderush packed up our troubles (read: leaflets, banners, and super-cool merchandise) and made our way to York Hall for Bust magazine’s Craftacular. In our daily lives we spend a lot of time going from activity to activity, trying out the best that London has to offer. We decided, on this occasion, to bring super-cool activities to the craft-lovers of Bethnal Green.

The Bust Craftacular is a fantastic event. The stallholders are handpicked to provide the best variety and the largest amount of weird and wonderful things in one place. Let’s face it, we’re all about handpicked weird and wonderful things, so it felt a little bit like the mothership had called us home. Whether you were after a terrarium, a piece of jewellery made from a bike chain, or just a cup of something hot and a mooch around, there was stuff there for everyone. It was actually difficult to find time to start running activities, considering the large amount of brain space devoted to mentally spending disastrous levels of money, and wondering if it’s possible to get a mortgage for a shopping trip. (What? That’s basically what house hunting is, people.)

However, run activities we did. We teamed up with our lovely friends at  London Craft Club to bring three free, drop-in workshops to Craftacular. Throughout the day visitors got the chance to try their hands at paper bauble-making, bandana stamping, and felt keyring making, and we were kept busy all day. Some of the stuff our visitors produced was amazing, with a particular shout-out to the bandana stampers, who came up with designs that most of the delegates from Team Wonderush (who are not very artistically-inclined) couldn’t even have dreamed of. We saw words, turkeys, and gemstones, to name a few.

Craftacular materials

Craftacular materials

People doing craft at craftacular

A handstamped bandana from craftacular

Needless to say we had a great time meeting loads of cool people, demonstrating the kind of cool stuff Wonderush members can get up to, and picking up some cheeky crafting skills for ourselves, too.

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